Preparing for a job interview.
It is hard to know what to say and what to bring. Sometimes we don’t even know what to wear! Preparing for a job interview is very important though and you should think about everything that you can do your best on the day. Here are the top things to think about that will help you land your dream job.
1. Dress for success.
Think about how you are going to present yourself and always dress better than the job that you are applying for. Try to dress neatly and on the conservative side where appropriate. Avoid heavy perfume and after shave. Have clean hair, neat and clean nails (no chipped nail polish) and polished shoes. Keep your bag small and appropriate to what you are bringing with you. No big bulky backpacks. A (if applicable your profession), some paper and a pen is good to bring also.
2. Make a positive first impression.
First impressions are formed in 7 seconds. Be on time. Five to ten minutes before the interview is enough. Do NOT be late! You want to be . Avoid eating just before an interview and do NOT smoke just before an interview. Sensitive people will be able to smell this straight away. A good firm is important. Keep your posture upright, smile and make eye contact.
3. Tell us about yourself.
Give a quick overview of who you are and what skills you have. Talk about why you want the position and mention your skills and experience. Perhaps mention your two biggest strengths. This sets the interview up and allows the interviewer to ask you more specific questions about what you have told them.
4. Traditional questions are open-ended.
Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths? Why do you want this job? Where do you see yourself in five years? What do you know about our company? What qualifications do you have that makes you suitable for this role?
5. Behavioural based questions.
This is where the interviewer will ask for examples about what you have learnt through your studies or through work experience. Start from the beginning, talk about how you achieved something and then conclude. Discuss the SITUATION, TASK, ACTION and RESULT. Some examples of behavioural based questions are: Can you give us an example of where you have used Excel to prepare a report or can you give us an example of where you have had to collaborate with others to get something done?
Make sure that you practice some scenarios out loud and have responses ready for different kinds of questioning.
6. The end of the interview.
Ask questions at the end of the interview. Here are some examples;
What is the next phase of the hiring process, when would I hear about the result of the interview?
Can you tell me about some of the first challenges that I would face when I start work?
Is there something you can tell me about this organisation? Can I have a tour of the work place?
7. Following up after the interview:
To follow-up, email a thank you. This shows that you follow-up and that you are professional. Do it within 24 hours of the interview. Thank them for the interview and that you look forward to hearing back from them again. Review and assess your performance. Think about this so that you can prepare for future interviews.
This list is appropriate for most jobs, especially the formal variety. It helps to be knowledgeable in your chosen field. prepares students in a variety of professions through vocational education and English studies. For more information contact now.